“This is a very generous gift and speaks to how incredible these two organizations are, that in such trying times around the world they continue to support animal cancer research,” said Tiffany Grunert, President and CEO at Morris Animal Foundation. “We appreciate it so much and know it will help us fund impactful studies that will give pets more years with the companions they love.”
Cancer is a disease that impacts animals everywhere. In the US alone, more than 12 million pets are diagnosed with cancer every year. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two and the second leading cause of death in cats. Since 1962, Morris Animal Foundation has invested nearly $50 million in 340 cancer studies, and continued to make strides against the disease, thanks to generous donor support.
“Our focus is to create a better world for animals, and to help them live longer, healthier lives,” said Susanne Kogut, President of the Petco Foundation. “So, we are delighted to make this contribution to help Morris Animal Foundation fund studies for better preventives, diagnostics, and treatments for the animals we love.”
The gift from the Petco Foundation and the Blue Buffalo Company will be used as a matching gift for Morris Animal Foundation’s Stop Cancer Furever campaign, which begins May 1 and runs through June 30. All gifts supporting Stop Cancer Furever will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000.
“Blue Buffalo is pleased to partner once again with the Petco Foundation to support Morris Animal Foundation in their fight against cancer, a terrible disease that causes 50 percent of health-related pet deaths,” said Philip Cheevers, VP of Communications, Blue Buffalo Company. “Research is expensive, and we are proud to help fund studies that will lead to better health outcomes for dogs and cats.”
With almost 60 years of cancer research to date, Morris Animal Foundation funding has led to numerous breakthroughs and advancements in cancer care animals everywhere. This latest gift will help support both current and future cancer research at the Foundation.
Since 2003, Blue Buffalo and Petco Foundation have invested more than $7 million in the fight against pet cancer in dogs and cats at Morris Animal Foundation, the largest worldwide nonprofit advancing animal health.